The New York Mets have signed Yoenis Cespedes to a three-year contract with an opt-out clause after the first year of the contract. The value of the deal is expected to be about $70 million, per Ken Rosenthal. Holy shit.
Cespedes joined the Mets at the trade deadline last year and went on a tear as the Mets took over the National League East from the Washington Nationals and then ran away with it. And the Nationals were in on Cespedes in free agency over the past few days, seemingly the only team that might beat out the Mets to sign him. Their offer was reportedly a five-year deal.
But Cespedes, according to Rosenthal, preferred to return to the Mets. In doing so, he has taken what could very well end up being a one-year deal that puts him back on the free agent market after the 2016 season. But with him on the roster, the Mets' odds of winning the World Series this year should be as good as any other team's.